The Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlineta is one of the most unique cars on the market, fetching an astounding $4.3 million at the RM Auctions in March 2011. That princely sum is justified considering the 340 Mexico only consists of three different chassis, each built exclusively for the 1952 Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico. One of these units, chassis number 0224 AT driven by Luigi Chinetti, was successful in crossing the finish lane in third place behind two Mercedes 300SL Gullwing models and this is the car GWA Tuning has chosen to celebrate with a tributary model.
Using a Ferrari 456 platform as a base, GWA Tuning was able to bring the classic 340 Mexico Berlinetta to modern times. This 456 platform was re-bodied by Coach Building master, Mark Nungent, from Australia. The body was then fixed up with a new diffuser, rear spoiler, side vents, and front splitters, all from newer Ferraris. The body was also stretched by about 15 inches (mostly in the middle) to fit the new platform, but the wheelbase remained the same.
More details on the tributary Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta by GWA-Tuning after the jump.
The interior also received a refreshed makeover with carbon fiber seats, a new roll bar, a special luggage set, chronometers, and many other details that refresh the look, while maintaining its original appearance.
As far as power goes, the original 340 Mexico Berlinetta was powered by a 280 HP 4.1 liter V12 engine, but modern times call for modern measures so the tuner switched it up for a 5.4 liter V12 engine with an output of 476 HP at 6300 rpm. GWA Tuning then added a new exhaust system with special free flow air filters, but kept the original six speed manual transmission. The brake calipers, rotors, and other such components were also changed, but replaced with original Ferrari parts from newer models. The suspension was then modified to ride lower and stiffer than the original. All of these changes were rounded out with old school 18" five spoke wheels with a spinner cap to cover the lug nuts.
Wrapping It Up
Only three of the Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta models were produced back in 1952, but even more rare is this tuned up model: GWA Tuning is only making one unit. That is, of course, unless a customer specifically requests another copy. After all, money does talk.